I know that whenever I buy shampoo, I’m only interested in three things – is it cheap (I’ve got to be honest), does it do stuff for my particular hair type (dry!) and is it going to smell good? I’ve tried all kinds of brands over the years, from high-end salon lines to budget bargains and the usual high street suspects, but I recently went on a mission to discover the very best shampoos for fragrance alone.
Maybe I’ll do a piece on the best cheap, no let’s say, affordable shampoos another time – let me know in the comments if that would be your thing.
Since experimenting with shampoos that claim to have enduring, head turning fragrances, I’ve come to believe that no one should waste their Tom Ford on daily neck spritzing, when your shampoo can double up nicely as a fine fragrance of its own.
From fruity tones to sophisticated notes, trust me when I say these shampoos leave your hair smelling so incredible, you’ll be loathe to tie it back. Get ready to sniff your heaven-scent strands.
First up is Amika’s Perk Up Dry Shampoo ($24.00) which gives you an emotional lift as well as a leaving your tresses more vibrant and less neglected looking. Of course the thing I’m most obsessed with is the insane fragrance of sea buckthorn-berry with a hint of vanilla. I’ve legitimately used this liberally before nights out, even if my roots don’t need the dry shampoo, they need this divine scent.
Man Go Wild
True story, a friend of mine who used this shampoo almost broke up with her other half because of his blatant misuse of this product in the shower – I mean he used it as body wash. FFS. While he may have smelt deliciously fruity, mankind beware, this is not a shampoo to be shared. Klorane’s Nourishing Shampoo ($20.00) with Mango Butter is packed with an intense mango fragrance that instantly transports you to a tropical paradise, with a simple whiff of your hair.
There’s something innately sexy about having hair that smells of anything other than hair. Like coconut for example. I used to have a supermarket brand of coconut shampoo during the 00s that the boys at school used to comment on, but these days my seduction techniques have advanced to washing my mane with Bumble & Bumble’s Crème De Coco Shampoo ($27.00) which smells less like a Pina Colada and more authentically like coconut. Like the real deal. And that’s definitely what I’m about these days.
Sea How I Like It
Verb’s Sea Shampoo ($14.00) is a good price and it smells really, really amazing. I’m not sure if it really smells like its ingredients of seaweed extract, sea water, quinoa protein and green tea extract but it sure does linger, even a day or two later this one had my hair smelling delicious. I also love the fact it’s paraben free and suitable for all hair types. Works for me, works for you, works for everybody.
I’ll admit I can be a real homebody at times and love nothing more than sipping a steaming cup of herbal tea with honey while watching The Handmaids Tale (watching bad things makes me feel more safe). I have to say that I fantasised about this scenario whenever I smelt my hair after washing it with The Body Shop’s Ginger Anti Dandruff Scalp Care Shampoo ($10.00). Sure it’s not a sexy name, it’s not the kind of thing you can brag about, but it’s made with Community Trade honey from Ethiopia and ginger extract and genuinely smells amazing. I also love that I don’t have to worry about pesky white flakes. Because honestly, sometimes I can really worry about such things.
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